She’s spent some time with the vice president,” Trump said. When asked whether the most recent cases of COVID-19 should have prompted the president to wear a face covering during a World War II commemoration meeting with nonagenarian and centenarian veterans earlier in the day, McEnany was noncommittal. Officials said this is permitted because everyone is tested before meeting with Trump. Miller is married to Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, whose fiery anti-immigration stance and public loyalty to the president has made him one of Trump's closest allies. "This is why the whole concept of tests aren't necessarily, right, the tests are perfect but something can happen between a test where it's good and then something happens and then all of a sudden, she was tested very recently and tested negative.". That aide had not been in close contact with the vice president, a spokesperson said. Unlike Capitol Hill, where masks became widely used last month, reporters and staff at the White House did not adopt masks en masse until Miller’s diagnosis, which prompted journalists on Friday to cover their noses and mouths for a televised briefing with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. It involves swabbing a person's nostrils and waiting on the result. Melania Trump, who is tested regularly for the coronavirus, has advocated for people to wear face masks, shooting a video urging people to don one and was pictured wearing one herself. And Trump was asked during an interview on 'Fox & Friends' Friday morning whether those who serve him food would now cover their faces. Reporters traveling with the vice president reported several staffers exited the plane before it ultimately took off. Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller tested positive for the virus on Friday, after having tested negative Thursday. Donald Trump opens... Donald Trump unloads on his critics again claiming 'dirty... Donald Trump and the entire White House staff will be tested... Donald Trump marks National Day of Prayer during coronavirus... whether those who serve him food would now cover their faces. Trump, the vice president and most White House staff - which would include Miller's husband Stephen - are now tested on a daily basis, a change in policy made this week. Trump added that “it could happen anywhere,” but that he’s not worried. 'Katie tested very good for a long period of time and then - all of a sudden - today she tested positive. Earlier in the week, a personal valet to Trump tested positive in the first confirmed case of a staffer inside the White House contracting the deadly virus. Katherine Rose Miller (née Waldman) is an American political advisor who has served as press secretary to Vice President of the United States Mike Pence since October 1, 2019. 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She was last seen with Pence on Thursday, when the vice president delivered personal protective equipment to a nursing home in Northern Virginia. hide caption. The top spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence and the White House coronavirus task force tested positive Friday for COVID-19, setting off a scramble to test officials and journalists with whom she worked. McEnany also declined to detail how close the president had come to his aide in recent days. 'This president is readily tested. Vice President Pence's flight to Iowa was delayed more than an hour Friday morning after one of his staffers tested positive for coronavirus. 'But with regard to essential workers the president referred to, we've always had an exception,' Pence noted. Thanks for contacting us. She is married to top Trump adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller. Terms of Use Pence was tested Friday morning and was negative. Miller, 28, who is married to White House senior advisor Stephen Miller, stated to NBC News that she is asymptomatic at this time.